February 17, 2007

Gettin' down and country

You wouldn't believe how much literature there is on "g-dropping" in English.  Consider, for example, Kathryn Campbell-Kibler's 2005 Ph.D. dissertation at Stanford, "Listener perceptions of sociolinguistic variables: The case of (ING)", which you can read about here.  This is one of those variables that non-linguists know about, as you can see in this New Yorker cartoon:

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Posted by Arnold Zwicky at February 17, 2007 01:51 PM